Spent a couple of days last week with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in rehearsal at the Wellington Town Hall, for their tour with organist Cameron Carpenter. Great to see such a dedicated bunch of musicians (regardless of their ages) enjoying themselves - but also working really hard to nail their performances.
One of the great things about photographing rehearsals is that I’m able to get right in amongst the players - well, I do have to watch out for stray bows, so I can’t get TOO close - but also it’s nice to stick with them when they take a break, and have a bit of time for individual practice on stage. Then I can go pretty much anywhere, without getting stabbed! (Much.)
Of course, the main aim of my being there is to try to capture the intensity, energy and enthusiasm of the players for next year’s brochures & promotional materials - so, often I’ll keep a number of images of a single person, as it’s hard to know which will work best in a layout or as a group. Which is why there are a LOT of photos in the slideshow!
These guys will be performing with Placido Domingo in Christchurch later in the year - a pretty amazing opportunity by any standards - and I’m sure they’ll rock that gig too.